Type Advisory Opinion 
Date 1/10/2001 
Number 00-05 
Topic Congratulatory letters 
Respondent  
Issue/Question
Would a proposed mailing, at public expense, to 250 DARE graduates at an elementary school violate the Ethics Act?
Summary
Yes.  Irrespective of the mailing statute the proposed mailing would violate other provisions of the Act.  The Legislature authorized congratulatory letters at public expense for extraordinary accomplishments and this standard is in effect year around, not just during the election year.  RCW 42.17.132 (now 42.52.185), 42.52.070, 42.52.160 and 42.52.180.
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